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>> we're going to be back at 7:25 with a live local news update. >> thanks for joining us. good morning. fatal round. fatal round. investigators now confirming the crew member killed on the set of alec baldwin's movie was shot by a real bullet. >> we're going to determine how those got there, why they were there, because they shouldn't have been there. >> new questions this morning. how did it get there where did it come from, and will criminal charges be filed in the case we will talk with the sheriff live and get the very latest on that investigation desperate for a deal president biden delaying his trip to europe and heading to capitol hill this morning to try and secure an agreement with democrats on his economic agenda an 11th hour change being made to drop a key priority and major
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sticking point, paid family and medical leave. what that could mean for millions of workers. we're live in washington dire warning >> i don't know if it's a sputnik moment, but it's close to that. it has all of our attention. >> the new alarm he's sounding amid rising tensions between the united states and china. breaking overnight. a passenger flight forced to make an emergency landing in denver after a flight attendant was attacked by a passenger. the suspect escorted off the plane and arrested in the latest case of unruly behavior in the skies. all that plus, hope on the horizon. a dramatic decline in covid cases nationwide. the vaccination of younger children now expected to begin as early as next week. straight ahead, an inside look at some of the most promising signs yet in the battle against
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the pandemic. and 100 days away, the world's best athletes on the snow and ice gearing up for the biggest winter olympics in history and we are marking that milestone in style welcoming team usa hopefuls to our plaza, to see thursday, october 28th, 2021. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to today. thanks for joining us. it is a thursday morning. >> you know how much we love a countdown. we'll start it up. 100 days to go until the 2022 winter olympics. >> a little later, we're going to check in with our big group of athletes hoping to compete, including one of the greatest skiers of all time, we'll have mikaela shiffrin with us live in studio 1a. >> she's off to a good start already. the president has delayed
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his departure to europe for a series of summits in order to meet with democratic lawmakers on the hill this morning. the big question, can they get to a deal on the president's massive social spending plan? we're live at the white house with the latest twists and turns. we start with the new findings in the fatal shooting at the new mexico movie set. the shot fired by actor alec baldwin was in fact a live bullet. authorities have not filed criminal charges but say that does remain a possibility. we're going to speak with the sheriff leading that investigation. but first, miguel almaguer joins us with the latest details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. major question here, how did a live bullet get onto a movie set when it is strictly prohibited. it's one of many several major missteps that cost a life. on the set of "rust," investigators now confirm alec baldwin fired a single live bullet that traveled through the
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body of cinematographer halyna hutchins and became lodged in the shoulder of director joel souza. while rehearsing a scene similar to this one, baldwin was handed a colt .45 revolver he was told was safe to use before squeezing the trigger. >> we believe that we have in our possession the firearm that was fired by mr. baldwin. we also believe that we have the spent shell casing from the bullet that was fired from the gun. >> reporter: according to a search warrant, the revolver was put into baldwin's hands by assistant director dave halls. he says the colt .45 came from armorer hannah gutierrez-reed who told investigators no live ammo is ever kept on set. hall says hannah showed him the firearm but he could only remember seeing three rounds. he advised he should have checked all of them but didn't and couldn't recall if she spun the drum. >> the two people who handled the weapon in this case who's job it was to ensure safety obviously made some serious missteps.
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shouldn't they face criminal charges? >> we can't say that at this point? >> how come? >> because the investigation is not complete. we know that mistakes happened. we're not exactly sure who did it, when they did it, how they did it. >> reporter: at the scene, investigators questioned 16 cast and crew members inside the church where hutchins, a cinematographer on the rise, was killed. 600 items of evidence were recovered, including three guns and 500 rounds of ammunition, both blank and suspected live rounds. with authorities now investigating reports "rust" staff may have been taking live target practice while not filming. any potential criminal charges could be weeks, even months away. this morning the investigation still unfolding in a tragedy that should have never happened. >> let's talk about the timeline for this investigation.
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how long could it be before they decide whether or not to file charges? >> reporter: well, we're told it could take weeks if not months. of course, a major focus of that investigation is not just going to be how did that bullet get onto the set, but specifically who put the bullet into the gun and should that person face criminal charges.criminal charg. >> thanks. we'll have more in our next half-hour with the sheriff of f in >> thanks. we'll have more in our next santa fe. there's a lot on the har wie president's plate. of santa fe he's scrambling to reach a budget deal before leaving for meanwhile there's a lot on the president's plate. his trip to europe. the president delayed his departure to sit down this morning with all house democrats who have now dropped key aspects of the package. chief white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: hi, savannah. good morning to you. just moments ago, two sources familiar with the negotiations tell nbc news, the president today is expected to announce a new framework for his policies. the white house is signaling they expect all democrats to back it. but in an urgent effort to rally support, the president's first
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stop today, a trip to capitol hill. then he will speak to the nation before departing for europe. >> reporter: in a dramatic last-ditch effort to save significant policies of his president, president biden delaying his departure by hours for an all-important european trip to sell his plan. traveling to capitol hill this morning and later addressing the nation. the white house and lawmakers working overnight to reach an agreement on the president's $1.75 trillion climate and social spending plan. the president looking to travel with a deal under his belt. forced to compromise the plan that started with one of the most sweeping liberal agendas
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since the new deal now whittled down. overnight, a leading house progressive calling on the two moderate senate holdouts, kyrsten sinema and joe manchin, to get on board. >> what i hope the president is going to come and tell us is that he has an agreement with senators manchin and sinema to actually deliver universal childcare, pre-k, paid family leave. >> reporter: but multiple sources telling nbc news, paid family and medical leave, one of the top priorities for the president and progressives, has been dropped because manchin opposes it. colleagues venting their frustration with the west virginia senator whose vote is essential to pass the bill. patty murray tells reporters, we're not going to let one man tell millions of women in this country that they can't have paid leave. the white house insisting talks are still fluid. >> right now, we're fighting to keep it included. >> reporter: just last week, the president acknowledged his original paid leave time frame was being scaled back but said it was still a priority.
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>> it is down to four weeks. the reason it's down to four weeks, i can't get 12 weeks. >> reporter: progressives have been forced to abandon other wish list items, including two years of free community college, a sweeping clean energy plan, and tax hikes on the wealthy and big corporations. this morning, president biden down to the wire, trying to bridge the gap in his own party before he has to step onto the world stage. >> what is the president's expectation when he goes overseas for this trip? >> progressive this is morning are saying they want to see the framework officially written out before they will get behind it. and we still haven't heard from key holdouts in the senate. now as for the president's trup to europe, it's five days. it begins with face-to-face audience at the vatican tomorrow, that's with the pope. especially significant as president biden as only the second catholic president. then also in rome, the all important g-20 summit. that is a meeting of the 20 largest economies. and then finally the u.n. climate summit in scotland. the president will try to secure climate commitmentes from other countries. that can be complicated that can be complicated by the fact that his climate plan in this new package, we expect, has been significantly scaled back.
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savannah? >> a lot of moving pieces there, kristen. thank you very much. there's encouraging news when it comes to the pandemic.h vid cases arses are dropping dramatically nationwide and dramatically nationwide, and states are now planning to bg y early as next week. gabe gutierrez has a report. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is one of new york city's new pop-up vaccination sites for school-aged children that's opening today. and right now, only kids ages 12 to 17 can get the shot. but that could soon change with even younger children next in line. >> reporter: with the possibility that the cdc could sign off as early as next week on kids ages 5 to 11 getting vaccinated for covid, some states are already planning ahead. new york's governor does not anticipate needing mass vaccination sites, instead relying on pediatrician offices and local pharmacies. >> parents have been waiting for this, schools have been waiting for this, and this is really a breakthrough. >> reporter: that breakt >> reporter: that breakthrough would come as new covid cases in the u.s. are plummeting, down 57% since their last peak on
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september 1st. hospitalizations have dropped 54%. >> it's so much busier now. >> reporter: this summer u.s. health in jacksonville was treating more than 200 covid patients at a time today, 17. >> it's obviously very reassuring my hope is that the high numbers of those who were vaccinated in july and august really have made the biggest difference in this. >> reporter: still there are a few hot spots mostly in places with low vaccination rates. >> we're now heading in the right direction. but we must remain vigilant heading into the colder, drier winter months. >> reporter: with cases falling, more mask mandates are being lifted from stanford, connecticut, to montgomery county, maryland, to the state of louisiana but covid vaccine mandates are raising concerns elsewhere in new york city where officials are bracing for a potential first responder shortage next week when vaccine requirements kick in. >> i would like everyone who is not yet vaccinated get vaccinated by the end of friday.
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if they don't, they're going off payroll. >> you're going to see dozens and dozens of firehouses close you're going to see response times climb. it is inevitable lives are going to be lost that is irrefutable. >> reporter: fdny officials says as many as one-fifth of the city's fire companies could close as a result of unvaccinated staff and right now the department is planning to enact mandatory overtime and cancel vacation to mitigate the potential staffing issues. >> gabe gutierrez for us there in brooklyn. thank you. we say good morning to craig back from assignment. >> good morning. good morning to you as well. amid rising tension between the united states and china, the nation's top military officer is sounding the alarm over china's recent test of a hypersonic weapons system richard engel is in studio with us this morning with that story. >> hypersonic weapons. i think we're going to be
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talking about them, hearing a lot more about them in the days, months and years to come the u.s. is in a new kind of arms race with china that's evocative of the cold war. during the cold war it was about soviet missiles, who had them, these are relatively slow massive weapons that could carry nuclear warheads from the soviet union to the united states now with china, it's about smaller, maneuverable, extremely fast hypersonic weapons. >> reporter: china already has the world's largest armed forces, over 2 million strong. but it's a new breed of superfast missiles designed to evade american nuclear defenses that has the pentagon deeply concerned. >> we saw a very significant event of a test, of a hypersonic
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weapon system and it is very concerning. >> reporter: speaking to bloomberg, general mark milley, chairman of the joint chiefs sounding the alarm. >> i don't know if it's quite a sputnik moment, but it's quite close to that and it has all of our attention. >> reporter: it's the most significant public acknowledgement by a senior u.s. official that china conducted two tests of a hypersonic missile system this summer tests which were first reported by the "financial times. the fear now, that one day they may be capable of carrying a nuclear payload. supersonic jets and missiles have been in use for decades, able to break the speed of sound. hypersonic is a whole different league at least five times faster, traveling around 4,000 miles per hour at a minimum making a hypersonic missile quick and agile enough to evade existing u.s. defense systems china has only acknowledged one test, saying it was linked to the nation's space program but president xi jingping, according to china's official news agency, called for the
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chinese military to break new ground and said china's capabilities have been enhanced by leapfrog development in equipment and weapons. defense secretary lloyd austin has been cautious talking about china's growing military capabilities >> what i can tell you is that we watch closely china's development of armament and advanced capabilities and systems that will only increase tensions in the region >> richard, first of all, this is a game changer in terms of these weapons, what they're able to do and how the u.s. responds which change as well basically, the general saying, we're not ready for this >> we're not ready for this. it has the potential of changing the balance of power between the united states and china. >> has the u.s. been testing these same hypersonic missiles are we close to that technology? >> testing, yes. close is more of an open question there are test that is have been
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going on in the last several weeks. according to the ceo of raytheon, the u.s. is years behind china on hypersonic >> all right we should point out that our chief foreign correspondent was in the studio because he was picking up his 13th murro award. >> and i believe the "today" show picked up a piece of glass. >> you look very handsome today. >> thank you very much and congratulations. >> he's also a hall of famer and cronkite award winner. >> this is texas look at this massive tornado 1 of 8 tornado reports we had yesterday and add to that, that makes october the most active tornado-reporting month ever because of those tornados have really picked up now you can see we've got this line of showers and thunderstorms from minneapolis all the way down to the panhandle of florida that's going to be continuing to make its way to the east and to the north. in fact, we've got a risk right now for severe weather for 16 million people stretching from miami all the way to wilmington. wind gusts of 60 miles per hour,
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tornados possible, isolated damaging hail. we're going to watch this system push up to the north and east. it's going to move into the midwest later today. a severe risk from the carolinas all the way down to florida. tomorrow, rounds of rain in the ohio valley into the mid-atlantic and then tomorrow night, on into saturday, we're looking at wet weather from detroit all the way to boston. a bit of a washout, but things do clear up in time for halloween in the northeast and much of the country looking pretty darn good we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds ily, sml is with amern express business platinum, and has access to over $1000 in value per year with the business services suite. so they got new software and created a full augmented reality experience. sml won the pitch, and with their
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live. what we're learning about the latest disturbing altercation on a passenger flight a plane forced to divert overnight after a passenger attacked a flight atteant. attacked a flight atteant. but first, tndhi
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about a dozen people rally against vaccine mandates here. we're taking a closer look at the rain we received on sunday and monday. was it enough to refill some of those reservoirs? in short, the answer is no. the chronicle cites the state's department of water resources, which said shasta lake still has about 40% of the water it would typically have. meteorologist kari hall has been tracking that too. >> we are still early in our water year. it's nice to see the return of some fog in san francisco rolling over the bay bridge. clearing today, temperatures
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making it into the mid 70s for today. the rain holds off until monday. more local news coming up for you in just a half hour.
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look who has come to the plaza. it is the 28th of october, 2021. 100 days, 100 days, the folks you see right there, potentially become olympians. >> we're kicking off our countdown of the games we have the great group of u.s. hopefuls in the mix there. superstar mikaela shiffrin is here who is doing well already and well on her way to the olympics. >> they certainly look great they look the part
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let's get to your headlines at 7:30. for the first time in two decades, cigarette sales were up last year. manufacturers sold nearly 204 billion cigarettes in 2020 that's almost a billion more than the previous year the report did not say why sales had increased but some experts blame stress and anxiety from the coronavirus pandemic. the greatest show on earth is making a comeback but this time without some of its most notable performers the ringling bros. and barnum & bailey circus is planning to relaunch in 2023 but this time around, animals will not be included in the show the company shut down in 2017 citing high operating costs and declining attendance animal rights activists had accused the circus in exploiting animals in the years leading up to its closure. the world series is all tied up >> and that is into left got another!
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>> gave the astros a 7-2 lead. houston would beat the braves by 7-2. we have a lot more to get to, including breaking news overnight. a flight from new york city to southern california was forced to divert in denver after a passenger attacked a flight attendant. >> anne thompson joins us from jfk airport with details on all of it. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. last night we saw another one of these airplane altercations that had been on the rise in the past year we're hearing from passengers this morning about a very disturbing scene on a plane from jfk that left yet another flight attendant injured. >> reporter: terrifying moments wednesday when a plane traveling
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from new york city to california was diverted to denver after a flight attendant was attacked. >> she had blood splattered on the outside of her mask. >> reporter: passengers say this man allegedly punched a flight attendant. >> someone punched a flight attendant in the nose, broke her nose, and we had to land in denver. >> reporter: authorities confirming that american airlines flight 976 heading to orange county, california, landed in denver about 6:00 p.m. >> it was about midway through the flight, the captain said, can two able-bodied men come to the front of the plane immediately. >> reporter: passengers say the subject was eventually subdued without help police met him in denver. >> i saw him being duct taped to a chair. >> reporter: the passengers booing as the man was escorted off the plane. american airlines releasing a statement saying in part, we're outraged about the reports of what took place on board acts of violence against our team members are not tolerated by american airlines the individual involved in this incident will not be allowed to travel with us in the future this attack comes amid a wave of
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dangerous and unruly behavior aboard passenger planes that began earlier this year during . nearly 5,000 reports of enraged behavior, much of it centered around the mask mandate. still required in airports and on planes since much of the county is not yet vaccinated including most young children. back in may, a southwest airlines attendant lost two teeth after she was attacked by a passenger. >> i'm appalled that the flying public attitudes and tones has degenerated enough that flight attendants would have to come home to their families with such extensive injuries >> authorities trying to keep up with the increased danger in the sky. >> for individuals who violate the law, especially when it jeopardizes so much that we have invested in on behalf of the american people, we'll bring the full force of the law to bear. >> good to hear that
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you mentioned there thousands of unruly passenger reports this year alone do we know how many of those unruly passengers have actually been prosecuted? >> reporter: we do, craig. if you take the 5,000, nearly 5,000 reports of unruly passengers, more than 900 investigations have been started. but just over 200 have resulted in enforcement cases the faa has focused on imposing penalties and fines because criminal cases, they're the per view of the fbi and the department of justice. but as can you imagine, flight attendants, they're very frustrated because they want stiffer penalties. they want to see real action to keep this from happening again craig? >> anne thompson for us from jfk this morning thank you. coming up next, we're going to go one on one with the santa fe sheriff in new mexico new developments into the investigation into the tragic movie set shooting involving alec baldwin and the questions that still need to be answered
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investigation a crime has occurred and probable cause exists, arrest -- an arrest or arrests will be made and charges will be filed. >> that was the sheriff of santa fe county, new mexico, adan mendoza who joins us now good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you have identified the two people who handled that weapon and ammunition before handing it to alec baldwin. the assistant director and the armorer. is that who faces criminal legal exposure right now >> i can say this, that those two individuals are obviously the focus of the investigation they're the focus. >> what about alec baldwin by all accounts, according to court documents, he was handed that weapon and told it was a in other words, not containing live ammunition. is he in the clear as far as the criminal case is concerned >> nobody has been cleared as of yet. again, there's three people that handled the firearm prior to the
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death of ms. hutchins. so those people will be interviewed are the focus of the investigation and so -- nobody has been cleared as of yet. >> what pieces of information do you need to determine whether this was just a tragic accident or something that rises to the level of a criminal case >> well, i think during the interviews and the focus of the investigation is how the live rounds got there, who brought them there and why they were there. as far as how -- if it's going to rise to the point of negligence or the point of criminal charges, we're hoping to work with the district attorney in reference to that so a clear determination is made whether charges should be filed. >> you determined and announced yesterday that it was in fact a live round that was fired from that weapon and killed the
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victim here. do you know why live rounds would be on a movie set? is there any good reason they should be there? >> i absolutely don't. i think the information that we've got in the industry is that there should be no live rounds on set. so, again, we're going to try to determine why they were there and who brought them there. >> according to the court documents, the armorer, hannah gutierrez-reed, told your investigators, quote, no live ammo is ever kept on set given your investigation so far, is that an accurate and truthful statement? >> no, obviously it isn't. that was a live round that struck and killed ms. hutchins so that's not an accurate statement as far as i'm concerned. >> the assistant director dave halls told your investigators that he looked at the barrel of the gun and he looked at three of the chambers but it wasn't spun around for him and he's not sure if he saw the other chambers how do you determine whether or not that is, again, simply a mistake or something that rises
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to the level of criminal recklessness >> we're going to continue the investigation. we would like to do some follow up interviews with mr. halls and get some clarification on exactly what he meant by that statement. i'm aware of the statement it was in the affidavit. but there's some follow-up interviews that we would like to have with mr. halls. >> there have been reports from crew members in the press saying that there had been two accidental gun discharges on that very set prior to this incident have you been able to confirm that >> i'm aware of the statements there have been statements that are made that there was live fire and target practice on the scene or on the set. we are going to track down that information and try and confirm whether that's a fact or not. >> what about target practice? that's another issue that's been in the news. people have told reporters there were some people on the crew in their downtime doing target practice with live rounds.
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were you able to gather any information about that >> not as of yet again, our investigators are aware of those statements and we encourage anybody that has that information of where that took place and when it took place to contact the sheriff's office so we can follow up on that information. >> we can see that there are a lot of open questions here do you have a timeline in terms of when you think this investigation can be completed >> we're working diligently. there's no timeline. there's a lot of people that need to be interviewed and when you interview people, there's more information that may come to light so there isn't a timeline. we want to do a thorough investigation and i can assure you that our investigators are working hard and diligently to get this completed as thoroughly and complete as possible >> santa fe county sheriff, adan mendoza, thank you for your time this morning appreciate it. >> thank you
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good morning. here's what's happening now. >> reporter: i'm bob redell in pleasant hill where tonight more people are expected to protest outside this in and out burger and show their support for the restaurant chain, which has refused to check the vaccination status or negative test of their indoor diners as required by the county. all five restaurants have agreed to stop indoor service and are open for drive through only. about a dozen people stood with in and out and rallied against
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it i it's 8:00 on "today. coming up, new questions. >> we believe we have in our possession the firearm that was fired by mr. baldwin. >> investigators confirm that the crew member killed on the set of alec baldwin's movie was shot by a real bullet as questions swirl about why live ammunition was on set. could there be criminal charges and what's next for the investigation? we're live with the latest sharing her story. >> i said to many people how lucky i am and how lucky my son was. >> the woman who survived a shopping cart falling more than 70 feet on top of her speaks out
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ten years later. >> it's a beautiful day, get going. >> her remarkable act of forgiveness and resilience plus, 100 days and counting. we're counting down the days to the 2022 winter olympics a preview of what to expect including a live interview with two-ti mikaela shiffrin. we're just 24 hours away from our can't-miss halloween celebration. but first, we're crowning the scariest movie moments of all time that you voted on, today, thursday, october 28th, 2021. ♪♪ >> we're in new york for my 13th birthday trip. >> we're here from orlando, florida, to celebrate our 16th anniversary. >> celebrating our retirement. >> from south carolina. >> we're here to see hoda! >> hello, madison, wisconsin! >> i'm here from virginia because. >> today is my birthday!
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>> hi, we're from los angeles, california. >> and we would like to wish our today show family a happy thursday! happy thursday! >> when you're celebrating a thursday, that's the right kind of family. we want to say happy thursday with you too. >> we're happy to have this group out on the plaza. check them out. a bunch of u.s. olympians, a bunch of hopefuls here to help us mark 100 days until the 2022 winter olympics. >> that's going to be big. >> zoom in and remember their faces. >> and, savannah, you have a big night ahead. >> i get to host the gala for hidden heroes. it was started by the elizabeth dole foundation and it gives much-needed support to our country's nearly 6 million
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military and veteran caregivers. i'm going to be joined by tom hanks. hopefully all of you as well. it's a virtual event. everyone can do it tonight. you need to register in advance. you can do that at today.com. >> do you have to be dressed? >> you can wear sweats. >> and it's a fantastic organization. >> it's really special. let's get right to our news at 8:00. after confirming that a real bullet was fired by alec baldwin on a western movie set, investigators are now trying to figure out how it got there. miguel almaguer joins us from new mexico with new details in this case. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there remain so many unanswered questions in this case nearly a week old now. how did real bullets get on the movie set and who put that bullet into the chaum better that was fired by alec bald one?
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of course, investigators say yesterday that alec baldwin did fire a live, real bullet that actually struck and killed helena hutchins during rehearsal. that handgun was handed to him by the assistant director on the scene. he got the gun from the armorer reed. he admitted he didn't check the gun to make sure every chamber was empty. the sheriff said that both they were both at the center of the investigation. investigators did collect three guns, 500 rounds of ammunition their investigation, they said, could take weeks if not months to continue. it is also unclear if any criminal charges will be filed in this case. of course, the district attorney telling us that everything is still on the table.
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hoda, back to you. first president biden is going to make a trip to capitol hill pushing for a deal on his economic package. let's get the latest from chief white house correspondent kristen welker. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. this is a dramatic last-ditch effort to try to save signature policies of his presidency and president biden is going to delay the departure of his foreign trip by several hours to try to sell a new plan. it is $1.5 trillion plan. the president spent hours on capitol hill. he told reporters he believe he has the support he needs. today administration officials are giving new details about what is in and out of the plan. it includes funding for universal pre-k, eldercare. one year extension of the child tax credit, new investments in climate and more money for affordable housing. what is out? fade pamly leave, free community college and prescription drug reform. key priorities for the president and progressives. he'll speak to the naugs before
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departing for his five-day trip to europe. looking to travel with a deal under his belt but also forced to compromise with a fraum work that is now significantly whittled down. a lot of moving parts this morning. savannah? >> thank you. an elementary school in southern california went on lockdown wednesday after a big mama bear was seen stalking the campus check this out here. that bear may have been looking for a missing cub. after wandering through a neighborhood, it hopped a fence near the kindergarten section at that school and spent a half-hour on school grounds. it eventually settled into a nearby tree. the bear was then safely tranquilized and returned to the wild it's 8:06. let's go for a boost a 10-year-old daredevil was once the youngest person in europe to perform a backflip on a scooter. he couldn't believe what happened this week he landed a double backflip. >> oh! >> stop.
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>> what if dad had been like, i wasn't rolling >> he said that stunt haunted him because he tried it before and he couldn't land it. >> man >> this is what he said because he had fallen a couple timessai him because he before, he said this time i smashed the wall of fear into pieces >> that's right. how old is he? >> he's 10 >> wow >> get back on your horse. >> imagine being the parent watching that. when we come back, a "today" exclusive, sheinelle is going to share the inspiring story of one mother's resilience and forgiveness after she was nearly
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adjusts to your top eligible spend category, up to $500 spent each billing cycle. we're back with a "today" story of hope and resilience >> sheinelle, good morning to you. >> good morning to you it was ten years ago this week that marion hedges' story captivated the nation. the mom of two was shopping for halloween candy when she was struck by a falling shopping cart she's sharing her story for the first time hoping to help others >> i survived being dead that day. so i don't know why i survived but i choose to make the most everyday. >> reporter: it was the day before halloween
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marion hedges, a mother of two from new york city, was shopping for halloween candy, planning to donate it to underserved shopping cart over the edge of a communities. but that trip to the store would change her life forever. >> my son was standing next to me and last thing i remember was coming out of the store. i don't remember much else. >> two 12-year-olds pushed a shopping cart over the edge of a walkway. >> reporter: the cart fell more than 70 feet. >> i broke all of my ribs and my collarbones and my heart stopped beating. >> reporter: he was rush today a nearby hospital. she wouldn't regain consciousness for weeks. did anybody at the time say you were lucky to be alive you were head was split open. >> i said to many people how lucky i am and how lucky my son was and my friends have said, what do you mean
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you're not lucky, what happened to you is not lucky. i said, no, i'm the luckiest unlucky lady in the world. >> reporter: marion has suffered a traumatic brain injury she had to relearn basic skills like how to read and swallow she suffers from double vision, short-term memory loss and ptsd. to have to deal with raising two children with brain damage, how do you do it >> when i came out of the hospital, my children were not living with me they moved to my mother-in-law's house and they were there for a while. >> was it because it was too much >> it was too much and i really could barely take care of myself that was very, very tough for me. >> how did you deal with that emotionally, day to day? >> you have emotional regulation problems. >> really? >> for ten years, i haven't cried a tear and i don't really laugh. i don't have highs or lows >> reporter: with the support of her husband of 30 years, she's determined to have create a new normal. >> we tried to thank god for each day that comes to us. without strife, pain or stress.
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>> that's a good day. >> that's a great day. >> it's a great day. >> reporter: the two boys responsible for throwing the shopping cart pled guilty to assault. they were sentenced to juvenile facilities for less than two years each in 2018, a jury awarded the family nearly $45 million after they sued the mall and a security company both denied wrongdoing and appealed the total award was significantly reduced. marion says she has never heard from the boys who injured her. >> do you forgive those boys >> i don't think about forgiveness because forgiveness means that i had a negative energy to begin with and i don't. i hope those young boys can find something to do to make a difference. >> were you ever angry were you ever, why did this happen to me ever any of those feelings that would be human >> i guess they could be human, but i don't believe in looking back and thinking why, why, why? because there's a lot of whys in
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live i did have survivor guilt for many years i thought, why am i not in a wheelchair why wasn't my spine broken there's a lot of whys in your life it becomes exhausting. >> there are a lot of people who will say if somebody did that to me, i don't know if i could be so positive. but you exude love and you exude grace. where do you get that from >> i've always had a lot of grit and grace in my life i can tell you that i don't think holding grudges gets you anything in life i think you have to make your path and make your decision. >> reporter: today marion's new path is taking her to the same community where she was hurt she started her own non-profit for teens called sweet returns >> we're going to have after-school education programs, mentoring and really help them to make good decisions in life. >> her very own sweet return, a dream she created ten years ago while recovering, now a reality. >> are you proud of yourself and how far you've made it >> some days i would like to stay in bed with the covers up but the reality is, it's a
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beautiful day. get going. get going. i had to be chosen for a reason. there must be a reason i choose life and i enjoy it >> right after marion was hit by the shopping cart, a doctor who just happened to be in the area heard her son's screams and came over to help he administered cpr and saved marion's life. she told me, they remain in touch to this day, going out to dinners and she's offered to contribute to his children's education. a point that resonates with me, a couple of points we talk about her two children they lost a huge part of their mom. she was a busy volunteer mom they were in that area because she was talking about the importance of giving back. and so there's a large chunk of their life that they lost the mom that they knew and that's taken its toll and one more note, let's talk about caretakers, just for a moment
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her husband has now been a caretaker for the last decade. he would write her these loving notes and tell her she's not alone and that he loved her and he had a heart attack a couple years ago. it's been very stressful. >> i was just struck by how she talked about forgiveness and you have to feel an anger and she didn't have that >> through it all. everything i just mentioned. she goes back to the area where it happened and chooses to open up a center for the kids something like that doesn't happen to anyone else. it's remarkable. >> just incredible >> by the way, if you would like to learn more about marion's non-profit, it's called sweet return we have information on today.com. >> that was an awesome story let's go to mr. roker to get a check of the weather. >> i had chills. let's show you what we have for today. we are watching strong storms firing up especially down through the southeast where we have the risk of severe weather. wet weather is extending all the way up to minnesota as well, more heavy rain moving into the pacific northwest. where it's raining, the temperatures are a lot cooler, 40s, 50s and 60s 50s into the northeast as well,
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but 90s down through florida, 80s and 70s through the southern plains heavier rain through the mississippi river valley more heavy rain in the pacific northwest. plenty of sunshine through the southwest. here's what's happening in your good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. a lot of sunshine headed our way. through the seven day forecast. we're starting out warm but we'll be on a cooling trend. we'll see more clouds moving in by saturday. halloween is looking really nice with temperatures in the upper 60s and rain returns on monday. check us out, siriusxm >> give away all of our topics >> and we've got best time of the morning. >> what is it? pop start!
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>> a lot of pop starts today it's almost like pop start plus. >> extra, extra pop stars. new teaser for the remark, the director reveals a peek behind the scenes on the final days on set and he shares a new look as the stars of the film. >> we have been actually in production on this for months. but now they actually bring all of those elements together as one voice into an unsolvable i'm just so proud and honored that i got this shot late in my career of being able to tell this story based on the 1957 broadway musical. >> run away with me. >> don't want to start with, i want to take you out to coffee >> it looks like a real movie. you can tell by the scale of it, almost like they shut down -- it's not all cgi >> real people >> it feels epic >> big cast.
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>> can't wait for that the actress serves as an executive producer on the film "west side story" set to hit theaters december 10th brian wilson is at the center of an upcoming documentary. in the movie, he takes a look back at his career through a series of interviews conducted while driving around l.a. with a "rolling stone" editor in chief. it features commentary from elton john and bruce springsteen. >> he threw away the rule book and took you to another place. >> there was no greater world created in rock 'n' roll than the beach boys.
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>> the level of musicianship, i don't think anybody has touched it yet. >> the idea of doing an interview makes brian nervous. >> this is where things got difficult for you. >> yeah. >> what was going on >> i don't know. i was having mental problems >> i'll ask if we can take a drive and listen to music. >> that must have been an exciting time. >> it was. ♪ >> it was a trip >> love to hear more about that time the beach boys pushing the beatles back and forth brian wilson and paul mccartney, a new song is attached to the documentary called "where i belong." it will be in theaters and on demand on the 19th of november so soon. next up, great story, chris evans trading in his shield for a space ranger costume in "light year." this film scheduled to hit films
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next year is going to tell the origin story of buzz lightyear here's a peak of this cool film. ♪ >> to infinity and beyond. >> these multiplexes, these worlds, we're getting all the stories from different -- they're going back and telling stories on singular characters. >> to infinity and beyond. >> i didn't know buzz lightyear had a back story >> what about woody? >> and chris evans, he was a huge animated fan. but he said, this is a dream come true for him. the blues brothers, a series is also in the works about the characteristics brought to life
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by dan and john. they recorded three hit albums their widows are collaborating on this series and it will show unseen material from the characters and take a dive into the history and music of the blues brothers we're already excited about it >> that's amazing. speaking of beloved characters, tom hanks is up next he recently made one couple's day when he crashed their wedding. they tied the knot last week in santa monica and tom hanks popped in to congratulate them. he spent about five minutes chatting with them and he asked for a photo. he told "today," we were in our own moment, for him to walk up it was shocking. and it took us a second to realize what was going on. it was the cherry on top for our big day. time to reveal the winner of
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our halloween horror showdown bracket. scariest movies of all time. and thanks to tens of you who voted, we have narrowed it down to t "halloween" going up "the shining. it was close "the shining" is the winner. that's right after a tight race >> here's johnny >> today.com. >> it was a tight one. >> it was a close race >> by the way, let me take a second to plug our program tomorrow join us bright and early for our annual halloween costume reveal and i think after, you know, the
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pandemic and our reveal last year, it was great, we were able to do it safely. but i'm looking forward -- we're all excited about getting back to what -- this is prom for "today" show this is our biggest day of the year. >> if people knew how much time and thought goes into halloween -- >> i'm sleeping on this floor tonight. our rehearsal is so early tomorrow. >> i've been rehearsing for three weeks this thing. >> it's going to be a good one tomorrow we invite you to join us if you want some more, pop star plus, it's streaming today all day. no excuse to not watch that. >> you wake up, go to peacock. >> thank you still ahead, we're going to kick off our countdown to the winter olympics, now exactly 100 days away. first, look at one of the outfits to be worn by team usa, and we have mikaela shiffrin right here on our plaza. we'll catch up with her and all the athletes but first, a check of your local
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good morning to you. people may have to wait longer to get on the buses. starting november 1st only vaccinated employees can work as operators and short line services will be temporarily suspended next month on some muni lines because they don't have the staff. it will help reduce impact to services systemwide, but customers may experience additional crowding and longer wait time. we want to check in with
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meteorologist kari hall. at least your walk to the bus or transit will be a mild one. >> yes. it's looking pretty nice out there. we're seeing patches of fog, but it moves out. up to 74 degrees in napa. we also will have more of this weather tomorrow, but going into the rest of the weekend, it will be a little bit cooler. a storm system passes to the north and brings in more clouds especially on saturday. we should get more sunshine on halloween, and next week we'll be watching out for a new storm system that will bring us more rain. chris. >> thank you so much, kari. we have more news coming up. have a great morning. joirks
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♪♪ 100 days on the plaza is sponsored by xfinity, proud partner of team usa. >> good morning, how are you we're back it's 8:30. it's a special day around here we're all decked out in these awesome and very warm -- the opening ceremony of the 2022 winter olympics is now just 100 days away. >> these are the team usa hopefuls we're talking figure skaters, bobsledders, you name it and we have one of the greatest skiers of all time, we've got mikaela shiffrin
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a two-time gold medal winner on her quest for her third olympics we cannot wait to catch up with her throughout this half-hour. >> we also have a special reveal the outfits designed by ralph lauren and team usa is going to be wearing those during the closing ceremonies the coats we're wearing right now are a big part of that outfit. >> the back is really cool too >> usa usa! >> we're going to come around. by the way, we're going to keep things going in the third hour of today in a few minutes. snowboarding icon himself, shaun white is going to join us live from the swiss alps. >> shall we meet some of our athletes we'll start off with silvia hoffman. >> tell us how you're feeling as you're preparing for these games? >> i'm feeling great silvia hoffman. >> tell us how i'm superprepared for the
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season i'm ready for it to kick off i'm ready to win medals and bring home the gold at the beijing games. we're just doing the best that we can and i feel great doing it. >> when you find out if you're officially on the team. >> january 16th, i think >> let's hear it for silvia! >> how are we doing? >> i'm doing great >> gold medal winner from the u.s. women's hockey team how is everybody feeling going to beijing >> we're feeling great we're excited to defend our gold medal from 2018 and we're just superexcited we're feeling great and superprepared and we know we can bring it home again. we're looking forward to doing that. >> we're going to crush the canadians again, aren't we >> we are. >> i just wanted to hear you say
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it >> i love it >> who wants this coat we're cozy this isn't seem right. here you go. >> warm one! >> thank you for being with us thank you for just helping us get so excited >> can't wait to cheer for you >> we hope to see you at the games. >> say "hi" to your moms and dads, everybody. >> big waves big waves. usa! usa! usa! >> what you got, mr. roker >> let's take a look at the whether all across the usa friday we have soaking rains in the mid-atlantic states, mild in the rockies. on saturday, a new england soaker flurries in the northern plains. on halloween, it's a cool trick around the great lakes a nice treat down to the southern part of the plains. some mountain snows. and you'll get a little snow on your sneakers. we're looking at sunshine -- or i should say moon shine along the east coast that's what's going on around
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. good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. our temperatures will be warming up today. we're looking at a very pleasant afternoon with a mostly sunny sky across the bay area. expect more of the same tomorrow. then a storm system passing just to north of us will bring some clouds on saturday, an our temperatures come down a few degrees, but we should get some more sunshine in time for halloween. another storm system right behind that brings a chance of showers on monday, and for san francisco, we'll continue to see temperatures in the 60s. >> that's your latest weather and these are our olympic hopefuls, ladies and gentlemen back inside. >> we're just getting started. we'll get more on the milestone morning and the countdown to the winter olympics. >> keir simmons joins us with a look at the hope and some of the challenges facing thousands of the world's best athletes. good to see you, my friend >> reporter: craig, good morning to you savannah, good morning
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hard to believe that the ice rinks are open again for the holidays hard to believe that we were only just in tokyo and now very soon will be in beijing. honestly, beijing is set to be tougher than tokyo there's all of the policies surrounding the chinese government, policy towards the world and internally but talking to some of team usa's best, it's really impressive the way they stay focused on the sport >> reporter: the opening ceremony of the beijing olympics stunned the world back in 2008 now in just three months, china will be back in the spotlight and so will the world's athletes nearly 3,000 from 95 nations shaun white has three gold medals winning a fourth in the same event would make history. >> i know what that fire and
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that drive and motivation can do to you as an athlete. >> reporter: team usa's nathan chen a gold medal favorite on the ice. both his parents born in china >> to be able to have the opportunity to go to beijing for an olympics is really meaningful >> 45% of the athletes will be female a winter games record. among them, mikaela shiffrin says she could compete in five events this winter games is set to present another huge challenge for olympic organizers too just like tokyo last summer, there will be strict covid protocols. athletes must be vaccinated or face a three-week quarantine daily covid tests will be mandatory. athletes will be restricted to a closed loop, only traveling to specific destinations. and spectators will be allowed, but only if they're from mainland china while china's winter olympics
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are set to be held in a very different political climate than the summer games a far more assertive chinese government stands accused of stealing industrial secrets, human rights abuses and cyber spying beijing accuses american leaders of china-bashing in 100 days, it will welcome the world's top athletes, including team usa as well as international delegations and dignitaries. as many athletes try to focus only on the sport. >> i've been skating since i was 3 years old and spent almost every single waking minimum at the ice rink i just want to focus on my skating and do the best that i can on the ice and, you know, that's really -- that's all there is to it just focus on my skating >> olympic organizers hoping global attention focuses on athletic achievement
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>> it's been my life's work and i'm so proud that i'm still able to compete on a high level and i'm going to give it everything i have for the games. >> reporter: for four straight olympics until 2014, team usa finished in first or second place. will they do better in beijing we'll be watching. >> come on, keir skate off into the sunset. >> are you on skates >> reporter: i'm not i'm going to get out there after this >> 100 days to make the team >> by the way, mr. shaun white, we will talk to him on our third hour. coming up next, one of team usa's brightest stars. mikaela shiffrin we're going to talk about how she's preparing and what are her goals for 2022 but first, this is "today" on nbc. >> let's go! t, this is "today" t, this is "today" nbc.
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i drop off and pick up my kids from school so, i can't work early. or late. and i need to make enough to make it worthwhile. i can only work two days a week. and it can't interfere with my other job. i can do full-time. just not daytime. and i need benefits. good ones. and you know, it would be nice if you paid for my tuition. like all of it. ♪
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winter olympics. no celebration would be complete without team usa's biggest names, we're talking about mikaela shiffrin. >> she's a superstar two-time olympic gold medal winner she has big plans for the games and she's already off to an incredible start she won the giant slalom in the world cup event just last weekend. you're off and running there's a long time in skiing terms between now and the olympics but you do have big goals. what are they? >> yeah, big goals, those goals, they'll get you every time i mean, i am -- right now i'm a little bit focused on the world cup season but, i mean, your eye is always set a little bit on the olympics after coming back and winning the first race, i feel like -- it's the first checkmark on my journey to hopefully be able to compete in every event at the games. hopefully. >> compete in every event? >> alpine skiing event.
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>> only you could even consider that as a potential. because you excel in both kinds of ski racing. >> yeah. there's six alpine events total and i wanted to do that in south korea. i wanted to ski in five events in south korea and a lot of things that happened that made it not possible. and it looks like, you know, it might be some difficult weather in beijing we'll see. but i think anything i learned from south korea, you have to roll with the punches. >> there are a lot of cool things about you one of them is, you say you're not defined by your success. i feel like you're a grounded human being. if you don't have a great day, so what. you seem like you're secure in this is an nbc news special report. here is lester holt. >> good morning, everyone. we're coming on the air with breaking news in what will be a critical day for president
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biden's biggest agenda items. he's about to announce a new framework for a bill that the white house believes will finally get enough members on board to pass a nearly $2 trillion social and climate change spending plan. the details of this blueprint have been a tug of war with democrats, divided over key programs like child care, medicare and paid family leave. the legislation represents a crucial point for the president. you see him now approaching the podium. he spent about an hour, a little more meeting with democrats. here is the president. >> today i'm pleased to announce that after months of tough and thoughtful negotiations, i think we have an historic -- i know we have an historic economic framework that will create millions of jobs, grow the economy invest in our nation and people, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity and put us on a path not only to compete, but to win the economic
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competition for the 21st century against china and every other major country in the world. it's fiscally responsible, it's fully paid for. 17 nobel prize winners in economics have said it will lower the inflationary precious pressures on the economy. over the next ten years it will not add to the deficit at all. it will actually reduce the deficit, according to the economists. i want to thank my colleagues for leadership, we spent hours and hours over months and months working on this. no one got everything they wanted, including me, but that's what compromise is. that's consensus. and that's what i ran on. i've long said compromise and consensus are the only way to get big things done in a democracy, important things done for the country. i know it's hard. i know how deeply people feel
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about the things they fight for. but this framework includes historic investments in our nation and people. every single element of this framework would fundamentally be viewed as a fundamental change in america. taken together, they're truly consequential. i'll have more to say after i return from the critical meetings in europe this week, but for now, let me lay out a few points. first, we face, and i apologize for saying this again, we face an inflection point as a nation. for most of the 20th century we led the world by a significant margin because we invested in our people. not only in our roads and highways and bridges, but in our people and our families. we didn't just build an interstate highway system, we built a highway to the sky. we invested to win the space race, and we won. we're also among the first to provide access to free education for all americans, beginning
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back in the late 1800s. that decision alone to invest in our children and their families was a major part of why we were able to lead the world for much of the 20th century. but somewhere along the way we stopped investing in ourselves, investing in our people. america is still the largest economy in the world. we still have the most productive workers and innovative minds in the world. we risk losing our edge as a nation. our infrastructure used to be rated the best in the world. today according to the world economic forum, we rank 13th in the world. we used to lead the world in educational achievement. now the organization for economic cooperation and development ranks america 35th out of the 37 major countries when it comes to investing in earlyhihood education and how o
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impacts significantly on how they'll finish. we can't be competitive in the 21st century global economy if we continue this slide. that's what i've said all along, we need to build america from the bottom up and the middle out, not from the top down, with the trickle-down economics that's always failed us. i can't think of a single time when the middle class has done well that the wealthy haven't done very well. many times, including now, the super wealthy do very well and the middle class don't do well. that's why i propose the investments congress is now considering in two critical pieces of legislation, positions i ran on as president and when i laid out to congress what my economic agenda was. these are not about left versus right or moderate versus progressive or anything else that pits americans against once another. this is about competitiveness
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versusopportunity, not opportunity denied. it's about leading the world or letting the world pass us by. today with my democratic colleagues, we have a framework for my build back better initiative, and here's how it will fundamentally change the lives of millions of people for the better. millions of you are in the so-called sandwich generation, who feel financially squeezed by raising a child and caring for an aging parent. about 820,000 seniors in america, and people with disabilities, have applied for medicaid and they're on a waiting list right now to get home care. they need some help. they don't have to be kicked out of their home, but they need a little help getting around, having their meals made occasionally for them. they don't want to put them in nursing homes, not because of
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the cost, but because it's a matter of dignity. they want to stay in their homes. but it's hard. you're just looking for an answer, so your parents can keep living independently with dignity. for millions of families in america, this issue is the most important issue they're facing, it's personal. so here's what we're going to do. we're going to expand services for seniors so families can get help from well-trained, well-paid professionals, to help them take care of their parents at home, to cook meals for them, to get their groceries for them, to help them get around, to help them live in their own home with the dignity they deserve to be afforded. quite frankly, what we've found is that this is more popular or as popular as anything else we're proposing, because the american people understand the need. it's a matter of dignity and pride for our parents.
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30 years ago we ranked number seven among the advanced economies in the world as a share of women working. do you know where we are today? we're ranked 23rd. 23rd. once again, our competitors are investing and we're standing still. today there are nearly 2 million women in america not working today simply because they can't afford child care. typical family spends about $11,000 a year on child care. some states it's $14,500 a year per child. we're going to make sure that all families earning less than $300,000 a year will pay no more than 7% of their income for child care. and for a family making $100,000 a year, that will save them more than $5,000 on child care. this is a fundamental
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game-changer for families and for our economy, if more parents, especially women, can get back to work and work in the workforce. i'm looking at a lot of significant press people in front of me, a lot of them are working, working mothers. they know what it costs. i remember when i got to the senate, i lost my wife and daughter in an accident, my two boys, i started commuting 250 miles a day because i had my mom and my dad and my brother and my sister to help me take care of my kids, because i couldn't afford child care, and i was getting a serious salary, $42,000 a year. we've also extended the historic middle class tax cut. that's what i call it, middle class tax cut for parents. that is the expanded child tax credit we passed through the american rescue plan. what that means is, for folks at home, they're getting $300 a month for every child under the age of 6, $250 for every child
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under the age of 18. we're extending that for another year. the money is already a life-changer for so many working families. this will help cut child poverty in half this year, according to the experts. that's not all it does. it changes the whole dynamic for working parents. in the past if you paid taxes and had a good income, you could deduct under the tax code $2,000 per child from the taxes you owed. but how many families do you know, a cashier, waiter, health care worker, who never got the benefit of the full tax credit because they didn't have that much to deduct? and it wasn't refundable. so it either came off your tax bill or you didn't get full credit. why should somebody making $500,000 a year or $150,000 or $200,000 a year get to write it off their taxes and the people who need the help even more,
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they don't have that much tax to pay, they don't get the benefit. and they have the same cost of raising their children. 80% of those left out were working parents who just didn't make enough money. that's why in the american rescue plan we didn't just expand the amount of the middle class tax cut, we also made it refundable. this framework will make it permanently refundable, making sure the families who need it get a full credit for it, in addition to those who are already getting a full credit. they're going to make sure that every 3 and 4-year-old child in america will go to high-quality preschool. that's part of the legislation i just brought up to the congress. studies show that when we put 3 and 4-year-olds in school, not daycare, school, we increase by up to 47% the chance that that child, no matter what their background, will be able to earn
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a college degree. my wife jill always says any country that out-educates us is going to out-compete us. we also make investments in higher education, by increasing pell grants to help students from lower income families attend community college and four-year schools and we invested in historically bcus, minority and tribal colleges to make sure every young student has a shot at a good-paying job in the future. this framework extends tax credits to lower premiums for folks who are in the affordable care act for another three years, for 4 million folks in the 12 states that haven't expanded medicaid, all the rest have, this framework will enable you to get affordable coverage.
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medicare will now cover the cost of hearing aids and hearing checkups. this framework also makes the most significant investment to deal with the climate crisis ever, beyond any other advanced nation in the world. over a billion metric tons of emissions, at least ten times bigger on climate than any bill that has ever passed before and enough to position us for a 50% to 52% emission reduction by the year 2030, and we'll do it in a way that will grow the domestic industries, create good-paying union jobs, address long-standing environmental injustices as well. tax credit to help people do things like weatherize their homes so they lose less energy, install solar panels and develop clean energy products, and help businesses produce more clean energy. and when paired with the bipartisan infrastructure bill,
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we will truly transform this nation, historic investments and passenger rail, i know everybody says biden is a rail guy. that's true. but passenger rail and freight rail and public transit is going to make hundreds of thousands -- take hundreds of thousands of vehicles off the road, saving millions of barrels of oil. everybody knows, all the studies show if you can get from point a to point b on electric rail, you won't drive your car. you'll take the rail service. we also learned that in most major cities in america, minority populations, the jobs they used to have in town, they're now out of town. roughly 60% of the folks, they don't have vehicles, so they need to have a means to get out of town to their jobs, to be on time. this will do that like it did for detroit. 95% of the 840,000 school buses in america run on diesel.
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every day more than 25 million children and thousands of bus drivers breathe polluted air on their way to and from school from the diesel exhaust. we're going to replace thousands of these with electric school buses that have big batteries underneath and that are good for the climate. i went down to one of the manufacturing facilities and saw them, got in one, they do not expend any -- they do not expend any pollution into the air. we'll build out the first-ever national network of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations, all across the country, so when you buy an electric vehicle when you get credit for buying it, when you buy an electric vehicle you can go all the way across america on a single tank of gas, figuratively speaking. it's not gas. you plug it in. 500,000 of them, these stations along the way. we're going to get off the
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sidelines on manufacturing solar panels and wind farms, electric vehicles with targeted manufacturing credits. you manufacture, you get a credit for doing it. these will help grow the supply chains in communities too often left behind, and we're going to reward countries for paying good wages -- companies, i should say, for good wages and for sourcing materials from here in the united states. that means tens of millions of panels and turbines, doubling the number of electric vehicles we have on the road within just three years. we'll be able to sell and export these products and technologies to the rest of the world, creating thousands of more jobs because we are once again going to be the innovators. we'll make historic investments in environmental cleanup and remediation. that means putting people to work in good-paying jobs at prevailing wage, capping
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hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells that need to be capped because they are leaking things that hurt the air. putting a stop to the methane leaks, protecting the health of our communities. it's a big deal. and we'll build up our resilience for the next superstorm, drought, wildfires and hurricanes that represent a blinking code red for america and the world. last year alone these types of extreme weather events you've all been covering and witnessed and some of you have been caught in the middle $99 billion in damage to the united states over the last year. $99 billion. we're not spending any money to deal with this. it's costing us significantly. in pittsburgh i met an
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electrical worker who climbs up on the power lines in the middle of storms to try to put the transformers and he calls himself a 100% union guy. his job is dangerous, as he said, and i quot i don't want my kids growing up in a world whether the threat of climate change hangs over their heads, end of quote. folks, we all have that obligation, an obligation to our children and to grandchildren. the bipartisan infrastructure bill is also the most significant investment since we built the interstate highway system and won the space race decades ago. it's about rebuilding the arteries of our economy. across t country now there are 45,000 bridges and 173,000 miles of roads that are in poor condition. some of the bridges you don't even a chance of going across. they're shut down. they can't be

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